John A. Mead
Early years and career advancement
John Mead attended Middlebury College. His education was interrupted by the American Civil War, where he participated in 1862-1863 for nine months. In 1864 he completed his education at Middlebury College. Until 1868, he studied in New York City Medicine. After passing the exam and being admitted to the doctor, he practiced for two years in a hospital in this city in 1870 before he moved to Rutland, Vermont, where he also worked as a doctor 1870-1888. He then became head of the medical faculty of the University of Vermont. As a physician, he also worked for the Grand Army of the Republic, a veterans organization of the civil war. He was a member of the advisory board of Governor Redfield Proctor and had the medical supervision of the prisons. For economic reasons, he then decided to end his medical career. He went into the bank and railway business. He was also president of his John A. Mead Manufacturing Company. Mead was also active in the real estate and insurance sector.
Politically, he was a member of the Republican Party. Between 1892 and 1893 he was a member of the State Senate. From 1893 to 1894 he was mayor of Rutland. In 1893 he was a representative for his state responsible for the World's Columbian Exposition, the Chicago World's Fair. In 1906 he completed a term in the House of Representatives of Vermont. Between 1908 and 1910 he served as lieutenant governor representatives of Governor George H. Prouty. After he was elected as a candidate of his party to his successor, he was able to complete between 5 October 1910 and 3 October 1912, a tenure as governor of his state. During this time the electoral districts for the state Senate were reorganized into Vermont. An agricultural school was founded and nurses had to be officially registered. At that time the area code in Vermont principle has been introduced.
After the end of his governorship Mead devotes again his numerous business affairs. He was also curator of Middlebury College, the University of Vermont and Norwich University. The place Middlebury he gave her some financial support. Among other things, he funded in 1918 named after him Mead Chapel. John Mead was married to Mary M. Sherman, with whom he had a child.